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2005 Season Highlights

Gems Play in Florida -Seven Gems -Kate, Brenda, Jenn, Rachel, Flor, Joelle and Amy- played in the annual Roy Hobbs Women's Tournament in Ft. Myers, Florida November 5-9. The Gems were joined by Sandy (Cleveland Comets), Lauren (Detroit) and Vanessa, Pam and Sarah from Florida. Although we lost all five of our games, we played competitively, had fun, and put the other teams on notice that we will be a force in the years to come. Jenn was voted team MVP for her outstanding performances at shortstop, pitcher, catcher and at the plate. Photos | More Photos

Gems Story -Rachel, Joelle and Kate were interviewed for this story about women's baseball in Chicago.

Baker's Dozen Scrimmages -Thrirteen players plus two umpires, one coach and numerous fans from Chicago and South Bend gathered in South Bend, Indiana on Sunday, September 18 to play a scrimmage. One person volunteered to be a designated fielder, while the other twelve were divided into three teams of four players, which rotated every six outs. It was a fun day of baseball and a fine example of playing for the love of the game. Joelle made her pitching debut, while Brenda flashed the leather in center field, but the highlight of the day was the doubleplay turned by Kate and Rachel. Photos

Gems Outing to White Sox Game -The Gems spent the Saturday of Labor Day weekend watching the Sox beat the Tigers, followed by a nice firewroks display. Photo

Gems Outing to Flyers Game -Five Gems - Kate, Rachel, Elizabeth, Brenda and Amy - found something baseball-related to do when their games were rainied out on August 20; they went to a Schaumburg Flyers baseball game. Photos

Gems Return to Detroit -Five Gems - Flor, Rachel, Jenn, Brenda and Amy - joined with four memebers of the Blue Sox in Detroit for a doubleheader against the Danger on July 31. Rachel and Jenn made their GLWBL debuts. Amy and Jenn made their pitching debuts, while Brenda turned in her best effort of the season on the mound. The combined Gems/Sox team lost two closely-contested games.Photos

Big Thanks -The Chicago Gems would like to thank Ron, Dan, Joe, Jeremy and the other guys from the Chicago Metropolitan Baseball Association who helped us turn lemons into lemonade on July 17 after our doubleheader in South Bend was rained out. These gentlemen stayed after their game in the hot weather and played a pickup game against us. It was a blast! Photo

Gems Go To Motown -Eight Gems -Elizabeth, Brenda, Joelle, Beth, Amabelle, Hilary, Flor and Amy- traveled to Detroit to play a doubleheader against the Danger on June 12. The Gems were joined with two players, Katie and Lefty, from the Comets, and one from the Blue Sox, Carol, in a losing effort, although by less runs than the week before. We even had the lead at the beginning of both games! A big thanks to Lefty, who pitched most of the innings.

Gems Play First Series - -The Gems hosted the Detroit Danger at Loyola Park for a doubleheader on June 5. The Gems dropped both games of the doubleheader but it was still fun, no one got hurt and it didn't rain. Kate, Brenda, Julie, Hilary and Laura made their pitching debuts. Photos A special thanks to the Chicago Park District, especially Jon and Mary; our umpires Jerry and Dan; our opponents, the Detroit Danger; our "Tom Hanks" Phil, Jerry and Ernie and our fans for a fun and successful debut.

Gems Play in GLWBL Season Opener -Five Gems -Brenda, Kate, Joelle, Rachel and Amy- played in the Great Lakes Women's Baseball League season opener at Covaleski Stadium, home of the minor league South Bend Silverhawks. Amy caught both games for the Detroit Danger, while Rachel, Brenda and Joelle made their Great Lakes debuts by playing a few innings with the South Bend Blue Sox. Kate, playing in her second year, suited up for the Blue Sox. Photo

Gems Invade Comiskey -Seven Gems -Brenda, Kate, Flor, Joelle, Rachel, Phil and Amy- played catch at Comiskey/US Cellular on May 7 as part of the Chicago White Sox Family Field Day. Proceeds from the event benefited the White Sox Charities. Photos

Four Gems, Amy, Elizabeth, Kate and Brenda participated in the first ever "Spring Training Chicago" event held by the Chicago Park District on April 9 at Grant Park. The Gems instructed children of all ages in the fundamentals of fielding, throwing and hitting. Photos

Amy volunteered at the 2005 AAU Girls 'N Sports Day at Disney Wide World of Sports in Orlando. More than 200 girls got instruction in a varity of sports, including baseball. Amy worked at the fielding station. Players from South Bend and the Rhode Island WBL worked at this event. Photos

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